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Winter Skin Survival

WINTER SKIN SURVIVAL

The last week has really taken its toll on my face. The freezing temperatures & central heating has wreaked havoc with my skin causing dryness, tightness & giving a lacklustre appearance, I’m pretty sure I’m not alone!  If like me, you’re having skin issues due to the changing temperatures, here are some of my top tips to help combat the winter skin blues & help prepare you for spring, when it finally arrives.

MY TOP WINTER SKIN TIPS-

STAY HYDRATED-

Water is essential for keeping your body in good working order. I know only too well that it’s hard to drink cool drinks on colder days & it leaves you reaching for caffeine filled coffee/tea or that lush hot chocolate instead.

Caffeine is very dehydrating, so I opt for a mug of hot water with a slice of lemon or lime or herbal tea It’s refreshing, can aid in digestion & still gives you the essential hydration that you need. It’s also a lot easier to drink when is sub-zero outside.

MOISTURISE-

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Swapping your usual moisturiser to a richer formula in the winter is a great way to combat dryness. Go for thicker creamy oil-based moisturisers instead of water-based lotions.

Adding a facial oil to your routine is also a good idea. Oils penetrate deeper into the skin layers effectively locking moisture in & keeping harmful toxins & pollutants out. They help act as a primer by smoothing out the surface of the skin minimising fine lines & wrinkles by helping to plump the skin. Look for facial oils that contain Moringa oil (used by the Egyptians), Rose-hip or Frankincense to aid in the ageing process. By adding a couple of drops to your everyday moisturiser can really give your skin that much-needed moisture boost it needs. I love my Neal’s Yard Remedies re-hydrating rose facial oil.  Kiehls & the body shop also do a fantastic selection.

An essential time to add oil to your routine is overnight so whilst you sleep & your skin does its usual repair & regeneration process & will gain all the benefits from your facial oil.

don’t forget the body!  opt for rich body butters or body oils to help keep the skin hydrated all over.  The Body Shop does a huge range.  My favourite is the moringa, it smells divine!

my lips also suffer chapping so I use a lip scrub to sluff away the dead dry skin My favourite lip scrub is the bubblegum scrub from lush, I then apply a rich vitamin enriched lip balm.  avoid petroleum-based products as they only dry the skin further, instead try rosehip oil, shea or coconut butter or beeswax.  Try not to lick your lips continuously.  saliva contains acids that help break down food in the chewing process & can irritate & dry out the skin if in continuous contact with it.

Add an extra treatment into your weekly routine. Whilst we are in the colder months it is very beneficial to treat your skin to a weekly scrub & mask. Pick an evening or morning that you can take 5-10 minutes out & give yourself a mini home facial. Not only is good for the skin but it’s great for the mind too. It’s amazing what taking 5 minutes out from life can do!

GIVE YOURSELF A TREAT-

A good scrub with creamy textured exfoliator is perfect for scrubbing away dead skin cells & those pesky dry, flaky areas caused by the wind chill. Exfoliating can also help boost your circulation, eliminate pore blockages & help the skins cell regeneration speed up (it does get more sluggish in winter due to the lack of vitamin D that we get from the sun’s rays).

Once you’ve scrubbed finish with a hydrating facial mask. This will smooth out the surface, replenish moisture, cool & calm the skin. This is the time to sit with a book, have a coffee break or simply sit quiet & reflect on your day. Relaxing for the mind, body & soul! Done before bed, it can improve your sleep too.

 

Here’s a little snippet of my usual weekly routine- YOU can see the difference from the first picture to the last.

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As you can see in the first picture, I came home from work with dull, lifeless skin. The weather really upsets my rosacea so I end up with uneven tones & red areas.  My lips are also dry & chapped.

In this second picture, I have come out of the shower after cleansing & toning the skin & using a moisturising facial scrub whilst in the shower.  The difference is already noticeable.  My skin is more even, brighter & has a flush to it thanks to the scrub stimulating the blood vessels.  This, in turn, will allow the regeneration of skin cells by upping the blood flow to the skin.

This is after An anti-oxidant facial mask & moisturising with a few drops of oil followed by a rich moisturiser.

Look at the difference from the start!

The facial mask has helped to take down the redness & the mask has sluffed off those pesky dead skin cells that were giving me the dullness & the intensive moisture boost has given my parched skin what it needs to repair itself.

With these few tips, your skin should stay bright and healthy throughout the cold spell and you should be able to enjoy the snow and frost without sacrificing your skin.

STAY SAFE & WARM THIS WINTER

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Wedding Shoot Styling – The Manor Arms Abberley

Back at the beginning of April, I had the pleasure of working on a styled bridal shoot at a beautiful location in Abberley Worcestershire.

The Inn is situated on The Worcestershire Way & is set in the Old Square of Abberley.  Dating back to the 17th century this venue boasts stunning views of the rolling countryside & is very much the heart of the local community & an ideal meeting place for the residents.

After a fabulous refurb back in 2013, the Inn is now registered to hold civil ceremonies & is the perfect location to host an intimate wedding celebration.  With the choice of a beautiful purpose-built gazebo or beautifully decorated interior, this venue is the perfect place to say, ‘I do’.

The styled shoot was coordinated by the lovely Jane Goldman of Tulle & Blue bridal accessories & was a great success.  I worked alongside some fantastic local suppliers to create a romantic, spring-themed shoot.  We based our theme on Pantone’s colour of the year 2018- Ultraviolet.

We all had our own input into creating the final images, with the hope to inspire future brides-to-be & help them plan their own wedding days to perfection.

After creating my mood boards, I finally settled on the subtler notes of lilac & rose with hints of silver.  We had the lovely Octavia as our model, she has the most glorious porcelain skin, with freckles & red curls.  Both of my looks worked beautifully on her.  The first of which was a classic, naturally vintage look which was perfectly in keeping with the gown chosen.  The second look saw a deeper shade of violet with added sparkle for effect & had a more glamorous feel.

We decided to use a second model- Octavia’s sister who we roped in at the last minute- to create another twist on the natural look, this time keeping everything light, dewy & neutral.

The day stayed dry until late afternoon, so we were able to capture some fantastic outdoor shots & we were even blessed with a little spring sunshine before the heavens opened.

The experience was great & we all had such fun collaborating.  Working alongside such talent is one of the many reasons I love my job.  I get the opportunity to meet so many amazing people who love the industry just as much as I do.

I can’t wait until the next time we can all work together to create magic once more.

I’d like to personally thank each & every one of you-

*Janet at The Manor Arms Inn & her beautiful daughters for allowing us to take over the Inn & modelling for us.

*Jane at Tulle & Blue for approaching me with her vision & making it happen, her bespoke      accessories & stationary in out of this world.

*Sarah Palmer of Nellie Photography for capturing the most mesmerising images for us.

*Sarah of Venue Styling & Flowers by Floyd for dressing the room & outdoor areas so beautifully.

*Jane at Longbarn Flowers for the spectacular florals.

*Sian of Cakes by Sian for the dreamily decorated cake.

*Julie at Gatehouse Brides for the beautifully selected gowns & shoes.

*Claire Hateley of Hairstylist Worcester for creating such stunning hair styles.

What a team we were!

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Airbrush Makeup Worcestershire

If you are looking for professional Wedding day or special occasion Airbrush Makeup in Worcestershire, you have come to the right place. I very often get asked by clients what the difference is between traditional application make-up & airbrush application make-up.  There’s quite a vast difference between the two and here I will explain and explore those differences & compare the two, hopefully allowing you to come to a decision on which is best for you. I am always happy to offer further advice when we meet.

Bearing in mind that either choice is down to personal preference & a good makeup artist should be able to apply either & ensure that it lasts the day/night & looks great.

Let’s start with the Traditional Makeup.  

Usually applied with fingers, brushes or sponges & coming in many different forms from liquid to powder, creams to gels it’s very versatile.

Traditional make-up products can be used for anyone & are readily available.

Pros

*easy to find a product that is suitable to your skin type, tone & colour.

*offers good coverage.

*products are readily available for purchase & easy to reproduce the look at home yourself.

*easy to touch up.

*easy application.

*not as expensive as airbrush.

Cons

*more difficult to conceal scars, pigmentation & pimples.

*can feel heavy  & cakey on the skin.

*will require more touch-ups throughout the day.

*more unhygienic due to the use of tools requiring regular sanitising & deep cleaning.  Also, dirt from hands can cause a build-up of bacteria that can clog pores that lead to spots & pimples.

(This said, a pro artist will use disposables & keep all tools & equipment sanitary & ensure that all products are thoroughly sanitised in between clients).

Airbrush Make-up. 

Airbrush foundations are usually water or silicone based. It is thinner than traditional makeup so it can be passed easily through an airbrush gun.  Due to its thin nature, it is sprayed out as a fine mist that can be built up to the desired coverage.  It smooths out imperfections easily with minimal product creating a flawless looking finish whilst still allowing the skin to breathe.

Airbrush make-up doesn’t soak into the skin, instead, it sits on the surface making a great long lasting base to any look.

Pros

*lightweight formula with full coverage.

*looks flawless in person & photographs amazingly.

*natural looking.

*water resistant & sweatproof.

*doesn’t transfer once dry (won’t come off onto clothing with hugs)

*suitable for all skin types.

*hygienic does to not coming into contact with face or hands.

*fabulous longevity (12-16 hours).

*no need for touch-ups.

*minimal product used.

*allows the skin to breathe.

Cons

*can be flaky on dry skin if not hydrated properly.

*difficult to reblend.  If you do rub & the makeup moves it can be more difficult to reapply.  However, if it’s applied correctly & allowed to dry properly this shouldn’t be an issue.

*more expensive.  The price tag is higher compared to traditional products.  Due to the nature of the product & the purchase of the correct equipment & the training courses that are involved, most artists will charge more for airbrush applications.

*more difficult to remove.  Silicone airbrush products need to be removed with an oil-based cleanser & then the skin cleaned thoroughly again afterwards.

So what are your thoughts now?  Hopefully, this has answered a few of your questions.

I personally love airbrush make-up because it evens out the skin tone so well & lasts really well.  I do however love traditional application just as much.  It boils down to personal preference & after all what suits one, may not suit another.

As your makeup artist, I will want to know and listen carefully to discover what your usual routine is, check out your skin & then make a judgement call.  As with all make-up, there’s no right or wrong & as long as you feel comfortable & look a million dollars it doesn’t matter which you prefer.

If you have any comments or would like to ask any questions, don’t hesitate to contact me.

Happy Makeupping!